Don’t miss your industry’s Division meeting at Congress & Expo
Make sure you leave time in your schedule next week at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo to attend a Division meeting! Learn, network and engage with colleagues from your particular industry.
Specific NSC Division activities taking place during Congress & Expo are as follows:
Business & Industry Division: The Business & Industry Division will meet Oct. 21. After discussing issues particular to industry, the Division will assist NSC by reviewing and revising some of its online resources and tools available to members.
Construction & Utilities Division: After the successful launch of the Safety from Heights resource center, the Construction & Utilities Division is turning its attention to development of a new resource focused on excavation, trenching, dozer operation and more. NSC member-exclusive resources will be available in the areas of best practices, fact sheets, planning tools, and prevention and protection. Division members will preview the tools during the meeting at Congress & Expo.
Government & Public Sector Division: Drug poisoning is now the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. All workplaces, including public sector organizations, are at risk of being harmed by this epidemic. During its Oct. 21 Congress & Expo meeting, the Government & Public Sector Division will take a deep dive into how opioids affect and harm public sector employees.
Also during the meeting, the Division will host a special educational session presented by Claudia Aguirre, president and CEO of BakerRipley. BakerRipley provides a wide range of community-based programs that benefit youth, families and seniors in Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Aguirre will discuss how her organization orchestrated and administered mega shelters following the destruction Houston incurred during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Labor Division: The NSC Labor Division meeting will take place from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, and will include a panel discussion with OSHA regional labor liaisons and a special guest keynote speaker, Tony Crow. Tony’s life was changed forever when, in an instant, he was blinded for life. Tony stresses the importance of communication, wearing proper PPE, and not taking risks or shortcuts. He discusses why training, leadership and working together as a team can help ensure the safety of every employee.
Transportation Safety Division: To assist individuals who are responsible for a fleet of large trucks, the Transportation Safety Division is continuing its work on the update of the “Motor Fleet Safety Manual.” This popular resource was last published in 2010. Because much has changed in areas such as fatigue and vehicle automation, a refresh of the book is necessary. A discussion of the progress that is being made on this publication will be held during this group’s Congress meeting, along with a panel discussion featuring Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer and assistant administrator at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Young Professionals Division: The Young Professionals Division is pleased to present two informative speakers during its Congress & Expo meeting on Oct. 21. The first speaker on the agenda is Kevin C. Backus, senior vice president and general counsel for thyssenkrupp North America. The second speaker will be Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery. Fielkow will talk about how transportation industry companies are working to recruit and engage young workers.
Women’s Caucus: Men and women interested in advancing the role of women in safety are welcome to attend this meeting on Oct. 23. The meeting will include a panel discussion on issues relevant to women in safety, committee updates and planning for 2019.
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